Many travelers dream of sitting in an outdoor café in Paris, sipping coffee and enjoying a chat with their travel companion. But the high price of visiting Paris can keep this dream from being realized. Here are some tips for enjoying Paris on a budget, so your Parisian dreams can become reality!
Travel Awaits ~ “ Although Paris is the most visited city in the world, it’s frequently listed in the top 10 most expensive cities. It’s not uncommon to pay around $10 for a coffee (without a free refill) at an upscale cafe or $300 per night for a cramped hotel room. However, since I’ve been living in Paris since 2005, I’ve found many ways to enjoy the city at a much lower cost than what tourists usually pay for things. Here’s a list of ways to save money in Paris but still enjoy all the pleasures. Even if you aren’t on a budget, these are great tips to get more bang to your euro.
Don’t Buy A Museum Pass – Even though a prepaid museum will have the advantage of skipping long lines, the price is not worth it. The cost of a two-day pass is 52 euros, which means that you would have to visit three to four museums in that period to justify the cost. Most of these museums would take at least two to four hours each to visit without rushing, which would mean, in effect, you have to spend the entire two days in museums. There are only five museums in Paris that usually have lines; the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musee de l’Orangerie, and Versailles, and you can buy timed/skip the line tickets separately on the internet. If you buy tickets on their websites, you get either special or skip the line access.
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Eat At Cafes – If you decide to have your big meal at lunch, cafes are a great option for light or casual dinner. Most cafes have full menus that are served anytime of the day or night. Some of the popular dishes at cafes include a goat cheese salad, croque monsieur (a grilled cheese and ham sandwich), and quiche. Crepe restaurants are another inexpensive option, where you can have savory crepes, such as ham and cheese, egg and bacon, or melted cheese for a main course, followed by a dessert crepe for usually under 20 euros per person.
Have Your Coffee At The Counter In The Cafe – If you want to act like a local and mingle with Parisians, have your coffee at the counter of the cafe instead of sitting down. It’s almost half the price of sitting down at a table. Typically, a cafe au lait (coffee with hot milk) at the counter will cost 2.50 euros, and if you have it at a table, it will be 3.50 to 4 euros. ” ~ Travel Awaits
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